Toronto temple leader charged with historical sex assault on young girl
His Holiness Swami Pushkarananda is seen in these photos released by Toronto police.
Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:40PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:41PM EDT
Toronto police have charged a religious leader who allegedly sexually assault a young girl between 1994 and 1997.
In a news release published Wednesday, police say the girl attended the Bharat Sevashram Sangha Canada Temple, located at 2107 Codlin Crescent in Etobicoke, with her family for several years.
“Between June 1, 1994 and Dec. 31 1997, the girl was sexually assaulted several times by the Swami at the Temple,” police said.
The victim was between 8 and 11 years old at the time of the incidents. The accused, on the other hand, was 42 to 47 years old.
His Holiness Swami Pushkarananda of Toronto was arrested by police on Tuesday. The 68-year-old is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a young person.
Investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information relating to the investigation to come forward.